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The Merchant Of Venice - BBC Shakespeare Collection [1980]

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  • Actors: Warren Mitchell, Gemma Jones, John Nettles
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: BBC
  • Run Time: 157 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000TJLLQ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,167 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare's plays for television. The resulting productions, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilised the best theatrical and television directors and brought highly praised performances from leading contemporary actors - THE MERCHANT OF VENICE [1980] Antonio's best friend, Bassanio, is in love with Portia, a wise and wealthy heiress, and needs three thousand ducats to press his suit. With Antonio's money tied up in ships at sea, he approaches Shylock, a Jewish usurer, who agrees to lend the money under the provision that Antonio shall forfeit a pound of his flesh if the debt is unpaid. When Antonio's ships are wrecked, Shylock, the maligned Jew, calls for the contract to be filled. THE MERCHANT OF VENICE is one of Shakespeare's most famous comedies, celebrated for its captivating villain, Shylock. In a production full of contrasts and ambiguities, Warren Mitchell plays the moneylender with a finely balanced combination of wickedness and pathos - leaving the audience to decide whether he is a villain, a buffoon or a tragic hero.



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